Divine Providence School

October 29, 2020 Home and School Connection

Halloween at Divine Providence!

We will continue to celebrate Halloween this year, although it will look a little different! Students will wear their costume to school all day. No volunteers will be allowed in the school.

Students may be in costume, with the following regulations:

1. Solid color face masks are to be worn as usual- halloween themed face masks are acceptable.

2. They may wear a costume mask OVER their regular mask in the afternoon

3. Must be able to sit in their costume all day

4. Students must be able to use the bathroom - on their own- all day

5. No weapons or anything that can hurt another person

6. May wear makeup as part of their costume to school but may not reapply make up at school

During the day we will have "DEAD" time!

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Students will hear Halloween music throughout the day for everyone to stop what they are doing and DANCE!

We will have the parade in the afternoon We will stay with groups on opposite sides of the building. Parade will begin at 12:45. Students will KEEP MASKS ON and maintain social distancing. 8th grade will judge the parade. **Per the Archdiocese, parents are not allowed to view the parade. The only exception is if parents park on the street on Mayfair and stay in their cars.

If the weather is bad, the parade will be canceled. Each classroom teacher has planned an afternoon of activities for our students.

Please remember to stay safe trick or treating- wear a mask! Stay at least 6' apart!


Dear Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish Family,

I am writing to let you know that your pastor, Fr. Marcin Szczypula will be away from the parish for a few weeks to attend to some personal health issues. It is important to note that his health issues are not related to allegations of sexual abuse. He has never been so accused. Neither are they related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cardinal Cupich will name a Parish Administrator to serve in Fr. Szczypula’s absence as soon as possible. The Administrator will provide pastoral support to the people of Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish and will be a seasoned hand in managing the parish office. Your liturgy schedule will remain in place for the foreseeable future and we will communicate new information as it becomes available.

Please join me in praying for Fr. Szczypula as he takes time to heal and for all who are suffering at this time.

Yours in Christ, Bishop John Manz
Communication to families about Protocols

From Dr. Jim Rigg, Superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools

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Box Tops

If you have any box tops at home, please have your child bring them to school tomorrow! Thank you for helping our school!

Nominate a school hero!

We love our Catholic school employees. Teachers, principals and staff have worked tirelessly over the summer and this school year to bring quality in-person and remote learning to families during this unprecedented time.

To recognize the fantastic work our Catholic schools are doing, the Office of Catholic Schools is excited to announce the #SchoolHero program that will highlight the educators and staff who have gone above to ensure a safe and productive learning environment.

To complete this nomination form, you will need your nominee’s name, name of the school, professional title (if a teacher, the grade they teach) and why you’re nominating them for the #SuperHero program.

Please fill out the nomination here. We are seeking nominations from within our Catholic school communities - families, students, parishioners, alumni and school staff.

Nominate your #SchoolHero. We are very thankful for your participation in recognizing that our Catholic schools' employees are heroes.

Change in Music Teacher

Mrs. Urban returned to Divine Providence School last week. Due to personal reasons, she has chosen not to complete the remainder of the school year. We wish Mrs Urban all the best and thank her for her years of service to the children of Divine Providence School.

Next week, we welcome Mr. Michael Hawes as our new music teacher. Mr. Hawes is a Music Director at St. Elizabeth of the Trinity Parish in Chicago. He has Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Music from Northwestern University. We are excited to have Mr. Hawes on our staff! With Mr. Hawes arrival, we have had to slightly change our schedule, again. Please look below at the change in gym days. Only a few grades have changed.

UPDATED! Gym day change for grades 1-8

We have made a few changes to our schedules. The following grades will have gym on the TWO days listed. They may only be in their gym uniform on these TWO days. Students will no longer be in gym uniforms three days a week. Only the days listed below.









Preschool, Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten will continue to have P.E. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Travel Guidance

Per Archdiocese protocol, we ask that you check states that require a 14 day quarantine if you are traveling. To view which states this applies to click here. Please pay special attention that surrounding states are on this list. Please refer to the map below.

IMPORTANT - If anyone in your family tests for COVID-19

If you or a family member in your home is tested for COVID- regardless of the reason for the test- we must know about it and document it. Your child and all siblings in school should stay at home until you receive the result. If a family member is found positive, your child will need to be in quarantine. The quarantine would last 14 days providing the positive person is in isolation. If they break isolation, it is labeled a "complex quarantine" and students will need to be in isolation and quarantine. This is 24 days total. Final decision regarding how long a student must miss school is decided by the Archdiocesan nurse. Her decision is based on the information you provide to us. It is imperative that families be truthful in their position. Our goal is for our students to be learning and growing, whether it is in school or in our virtual school.

The reality is that children may be positive with the slightest of symptoms. Always keep our school in your communication.

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Grades K-4 device survey

Please take this short survey about technology devices available to your child at home

Exiting the car

Please make sure that students are exiting the car closest to the door they will be entering. We have seen students entering and then walking around the car. This can be dangerous for the driver of the car or the person behind. Thank you for your cooperation!
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Calendar changes

We recently have made a few changes to our school calendar. This year, the responsibilities of teachers have drastically increased. The amount of planning time has decreased. For this reason, we are going to begin some early dismissals to allow teachers more time to effectively plan. Dismissal time will be 1:00. Students will have time to eat a snack at school but will not have lunch. Early dismissals will take place on the last Thursday of each month. After care will be available. Students going to after care may bring their own lunch to eat.

Early dismissal dates:

January 28

February 25

March 25

April 29

May 27

Archdiocese of Chicago COVID-19 Case Protocol

The Office of Catholic Schools’ Infection Protocol Guide details the steps required of school administrators

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Happy Birthday!

November 1 - George in Grade 4

November 2 - DJ in Grade 7

November 3 - Ryan in Grade 4

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Class of 2021 High School Information Page

Updated October 9, 2020 Click here for more information about area Catholic High Schools

Virtual School

Just as a reminder: Any Virtual students wishing to come back into the physical classroom must give us a 2 week notice of the move.

If your child is in the school building and would like to move to the virtual school, please let Mrs. Heil know and they may start immediately. Please refer to the above, that once that move is made, they must attend the virtual school for at least 2 weeks.

Any student that is home sick or awaiting test results for themself or a sibling and NOT enrolled in the virtual school may have access to the Zooms classes, but they are still considered absent.

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Phone Number for Extended Care (To call or text during extended care hours) 773-682-6196

Extended Day Registration

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Mary, Mother of Divine Grace Parish Bulletin

Click here to see the Sunday Parish bulletin.

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All Fall Sports have been canceled/ winter is still pending

Divine Providence Staff 2020-2021

Please CLICK HERE for the faculty for 2020-2021

Click on the documents below to view.

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